Members of the Task Force Rural Africa discussing at the event. From left to right: Kees Blokland, Baudouin Michel, Bruno Losch, Albert Engel, Tom Arnold (Chairman), Christine Wieck and Mashiri Zvarimwa.
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Founded in 2018 by the European Union (EU), the Task Force Rural Africa held a workshop at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin, Germany, to present their work and focus themes to examine and provide advice on how to strengthen the EU partnership with Africa in food and farming.

In the framework of the 11th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), which is linked to the International Green Week in Berlin, Germany, both organised by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the European Union hosted a panel to discuss the results of the Task Force Rural Africa. The event took place in late January 2019.

In May 2018, the EU, in co-operation with the African Union, constituted the Task Force Rural Africa, which operates until April 2019. The group, consisting of eleven European and African experts, has been set up to build a strong partnership between Africa and the EU for the inclusive and sustainable development of agriculture, food sectors and rural economy. It operates at three levels: people to people, business to business and government to government. Across these actions, the group facilitates a multi-stakeholder dialogue between African and European societies, business communities and governments.

The four strategic areas of action comprise elaborating a territorial development strategy for income and job creation, identifying measures to sustainably manage land, natural resources and climate action, as well as to sustainably transform African agriculture and develop African food industry and food markets.

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